Lethal Force in Black and White: Assessing Racial Disparities in the Circumstances of Police Killings

@article{Streeter2019LethalFI,
  title={Lethal Force in Black and White: Assessing Racial Disparities in the Circumstances of Police Killings},
  author={Shea Streeter},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2019},
  volume={81},
  pages={1124 - 1132}
}
African Americans are nearly three times as likely to be killed by police as whites. This paper examines whether this racial disparity is due in part to racial differences in the circumstances of police killings. To assess whether and how these circumstances predict the race of a decedent, I use machine learning techniques and a novel data set of police killings containing over 120 descriptors. I find that decedent characteristics, criminal activity, threat levels, police actions, and the… 
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